If you want to just place everything in storage temporarily, you can make do with a unit not much larger than the amount of items you need to store.
Most uses of self storage units involve a truckload or two of random stuff taken to the facility and placed inside a unit with no rhyme or reason to it. This may work in many cases, especially if you just want to get things out of your way for any reason.
There is a better way to do it, though, and it will allow you to turn your self storage unit into a place that you can consider an extension of your home or business. It can be somewhat like an annex if you plan and store accordingly.
First identify what you need to store. Gather it up into one place and make sure it all gets packed in an organized way with good labeling on the containers. When it is collected, you can get a good idea of how big of a unit you will need to rent.
If you want to just place everything in storage temporarily, you can make do with a unit not much larger than the amount of items you need to store. If you would like to use the storage to place things out of the way temporarily but will want to access them occasionally or move your stock or inventory around, order a unit slightly larger to accommodate for the aisles you’ll make. You will need to be able to shift things around and move easily throughout the unit in this case.
Once you’ve decided on the size unit, you can begin to organize where in the unit you want everything to go. Consider items that won’t be needed and can be placed to the rear of the storage. Those items will be loaded in first. Things you’ll want to have access to throughout your stay in the facility should be loaded in last.
Place items in sturdy boxes with good labels and place the labels facing out toward you so you know where everything is just by glancing at the labels. Stack boxes in aisles that you can move through so you can find a box you need and take it out without moving half the boxes around to get it out.
It’s a good idea to create a plan on paper complete with a drawing of what’s in there and where it can be found. A simple map will do wonders to reduce the frustration level when you need to find something specific.